The Songs and Poems of Percy French

Laugh, sing and maybe even shed a tear with the 18 strong Percy French Troubadours, who invite you to join with them for this evening of songs, poems and sketches by Percy French. Featuring all-time favourites ‘Are ye right there Michael?’, ‘The Darling Girl from Clare’, ‘To The West’, ‘The Four Farrellys’ and ‘Abdul Abulbul Amir’ (Percy’s first successful song) – We look forward to hearing you sing along!

Having already raised over €104,000 for a variety of charities, this night will be in aid of The Daughters of Charity Mission Fund.

William Percy French (1854-1920) was one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day. French was born at Cloonyquin House, near Tulsk, County Roscommon, the son of an Anglo-Irish landlord. He was educated at Foyle College in County Derry-Londonderry, and wrote his first successful song while studying at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1877 for a “smoking concert”. The song, “Abdul Abulbul Amir” was sold for £5 to an unscrupulous publisher. The song later became hugely popular and was falsely claimed by other authors.

VENUE: Draiocht


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